Category: opinion

Israel and Palestine: What I Saw

BY: ALEX MADAJIAN, STAFF WRITER Traveling will open your eyes to both beauty and brokenness. On one small patch of the world, there is a prime example of such a contrast that I had the opportunity to witness firsthand. I…

Bland, Uninspiring, Cold and Conforming

BY: DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Until recently, I haven’t seen a lot of Mason’s campus. My normal routine keeps me centered around the Johnson Center and the Hub, only occasionally wandering out from the center of campus. Growing tired of…

Cursive Writing is Not the Bad Guy

BY: SYDNEY JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER In my second grade class, we had to learn cursive. My teacher made us write every single letter of the alphabet in cursive on a sheet of graph paper every day and corrected us on…

While Supporting Workers, Beware Unintended Consequences

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER In my field of organizational psychology, one of the hot topic areas of study is flex-work. More and more companies are embracing flexible work hours as the best way to attract and retain high-quality employees…

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots,  After a six week stretch, we’ll be taking a couple weeks off for midterms and spring break. Spending six weeks with the same group of people in close proximity really taught me a lot about the team my…

Letter from the Editor

Hey Patriots, I hope everyone had an amazing Homecoming week. Whether you went to any events, or just the basketball game — I hope you were able to have some fun.  Our Culture section covered a few of the events…

SPECIAL SECTION: MASON CORE

BY: DOMINIC PINO, OPINION EDITOR Since every student is affected by the Mason Core, it is only fitting that students have a lot to say about it. By the time students enroll in college, they have been attending school for…

Design Courses for Real Students

BY: JACE WHITE, STAFF WRITER This entire conversation about the core curriculum relies on the tenuous assumption that students actually learn things in their classes. We make the opposite mistake that the scientists in “Jurassic Park” did: We’re so preoccupied…

Is the Mason Core Different From NOVA?

BY: DAWSON WEINHOLD, STAFF WRITER Like many people at Mason, I first went to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). It provided a way for me to take introductory courses like the ones Mason offers, but at a lower price. Having…

From 3,000 Miles Away: A View from a Graduate

BY: STEVEN ZHOU, STAFF WRITER Before I came here to Mason for my Ph.D., I went to Pepperdine, an undergraduate college 3,000 miles away in California that was the opposite of Mason in many ways. Mason is public. Pepperdine is…